Lipstick-rape comment raises a stink


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 02 Sep 2003

BY IZATUN SHARI

PETALING JAYA: Several women’s groups are upset with the advice given by Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat that women should stop using perfume and glossy lipstick to prevent rapes. 

Women’s Aid Organisation executive director Ivy Josiah said it was unfortunate that Nik Aziz, who is PAS’ spiritual leader, still believed that rape was a spontaneous action. 

“Rape is a chosen action by men who want to assert control over women,” she said, adding that appearance, age, dressing, race and whereabouts were not the root causes why men raped women. 

She was commenting on Nik Aziz’s remarks published in Mingguan Malaysia on Sunday that women might cover their aurat but their use of perfume and cosmetics like lipstick and powder could still arouse men. 

Ivy said there should be gender sensitisation courses for politicians on the root causes of violence against women. 

All Women’s Action Society (Awam) member Lim Ai Yim also disputed Nik Aziz’s statement. “Why does he pick on women? It’s either he is unaware of the issue or he is exploiting it.” 

Malaysian Association of Youth Club women’s bureau chairman Noor Hafidza Abu Zainal said the statement was erroneous and biased against rape victims. Wanita MCA chief Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen criticised Nik Aziz, saying: “I find it ridiculous that a leader of today can have that perception of violence against women. Little girls with no make up and perfume have became rape victims. 

“He never fails to shock me over how little he understands gender issues. What sort of society is he creating in Kelantan and Terengganu?” she asked. 

Puteri Umno chief Azalina Othman Said said Nik Aziz should stop issuing statements that were not substantiated with facts.  

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